Last evening I was just checking on some youtube videos to see what I can find – a good piano piece to practice on the piano and guess who I came across. Little Master Avett Ray – a 07 year old child whose a genius in my opinion. The rest of the world would call him a Child Prodigy. To me he is more than that. This child has got such a vibrant soul.
I can’t even imagine what goes in his tiny brain about music and lyrics. His pitch is so perfect and he does not sightread either. ( He was diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplasia when he was just 02 months old.
Generosity and Kindness goes a long way in life. In a world where people are too quick to judge and too quick to criticize I thought I would take some time to share about Avett Ray on my blog – I know one day he is going to be a musical sensation. Avett’s You Tube channel will let you experience his exquisite taste in a variety of music genres including Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen , If I Ain’t got you by Alicia Keys and Hello by Adele. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhvcW-DBBTo
(I do hope by now Sir Elton John would have made some attempt to meet this prodigy.
Here’s wishing you Master Avett Ray all the best with your future! I can’t wait to watch you grow up and be a blessing to many souls in your lifetime. May you get the right foundation and direction to grow with your special talents. God bless you!
Everyone out there is searching for something or someone A daughter searching for the father that left the home A mother for the infant she abandoned or gave up on She searches for him and he searches for her Lovers from decades ago
What have you been searching for today? Did you search for something lost yesterday? Are you searching for something new coming your way? We are all searching for something or someone Along the way
She is searching through the memories she put in a box He is searching for the box of memories he put away Bittersweet memories of the past Let’s hope their paths cross again So they don’t search no more
A child searches for the mother that abandoned him The adult searches for the child within her A widow searches for the partner that left her behind A wife searches for the husband that left her for another They are all searching for someone
She is searching for hope and faith within her He is searching for something more supreme above She is searching for something more meaningful He is searching for something more stable Do they search in vain? I don’t know not
When you fail to find what you search for Years of memories carved deep into your skin We all age and die one day Searching for someone or something all our lives I pray that you find what you are searching for Cos I still haven’t found what am looking for
Remember the times we loved playing hide n’ seek you and I with some friends? Those days of watching Beverly hills 90210 , Robin Hood, Allo Allo which was illegal for kids in our household
All the dress up games we simply loved to indulge in The prayer meetings we used to conduct and play church
The tape recording sessions we used to make with dad’s big radio player And the large never ending collection of music tapes we acquired
Just singing Christmas carols hymns just for fun cos we loved to sing All those little conversations of hours and secrets exchanged
Remember those times where we played endless games of cricket, hopscotch and dog and the bone? All the board games into endless days and nights
The moments we shared organizing our super massive stamp collection Eating food from the refrigerator which was off-limits to you
The times we wrestled and it got personal and we hurt each other real bad The places we just wandered off to without letting the adults know about it
Remember those times of our younger days gone by? I hold them dearly in my heart till my time on earth is done If not for you, I don’t think this life would have been worthwhile Thank you for these wonderful unique memories only you and I could have made
If there is a place in streets of Fort, Colombo that makes me very nostalgic, I would say it is the Pagoda Tea Room at Chatham Street.
I guess it is my love towards the 80’s band Duran Duran; a great British band from Brummy.
Though I was exposed to thier music in the 80’s as a child and an early teen I was completely oblivious and ignorant to not know that the great footage from thier music video Hungry Like TheWolf was filmed mainly this is quaint tea room and surrounding streets of Fort, Colombo.
My British boss mentioned this to me back in 2010 but I did nothing to discover this place untill my husband-to-be at the time invited me here for a cuppa tea – According to Jude, the cupa tea served here along with an eclair or the infamouse pineapple gateau slice is heavenly. Few things we have in common is our sweet tooth. So, somewhere in 2012, I did actually made it to this place and I just felt so nostalgic. Hungry Like The Wolf just played in my head a million times.
To make things all the more interesting, we meet this server who as actually been working at this tea room at the time Duran Duran filmed the music video. So he said ” Ah ofcourse, I was just a young lad when Dooran Dooran was here”. So immediately we made a connection; I connected with this place so much since then.
During the years we enjoyed many lunch and tea times with just ourselves or with a friend or two never failing to tell the story of this place and at times wondered if Duran Duran would want to pay a visit here.
Time passes by and this is 2019. With my work in very close proximity to this tea house I always manage to escape and spend some time here to enjoy some snacks and bask in my nostalgic moment. Sadly, the delicious rice and curry is no longer served but as take away packs. The traditional tea has been replaced with machine made instant teas.
Tourists and locals alike make the best of this place today. I’ve even witnessed interviews and work meetings take place at the Pagoda Tea Room. I guess it has become somewhat of a cosy comfy hangout for many in the area may it be shopping, commuting or working.
Depsite the many changes that has taken place over the years, I believe as a Duran Duran fan, I will always cherish this tea room and have that strong connection for as long as I live.
I enjoy reading all kinds and types of books from history to science fiction to fantasy, even documentary types. The Authors I enjoy vary from Stephen King, Arthur C. Clarke, Ben Elton to John Grisham.
Meltdown by Ben Elton really is a great read. It is a page turner with lots of humour, wit and ofcourse realtity.
I just finished reading it a few weeks ago and found it to be very timely, entertaining and obviously an eye opener. Going through a slightly similar situation faced by lead role Jimmy, about his unwise financial choices made such a big impact on the general wellbieng of himself and mostly his family of wife and 03 children.
The book is a great read for those who want to relax end of the day with a good read with lots of serious and practical stuff in it. Seriously, you must give it a try as it was very entertaining and enjoyable to to core. I love the fact that it is sometimes subtle and otherwise very direct with plenty of sarcasm, the practical life of a married man with kids and a wife and all that jazz following his misfortunes. The sense of creativity that goes on his mind and his wife’s along with the ‘circle of friends’ that he grew up with. It is hillarious at some points and some places I did have a tear or two.
So with all the ecnonomic crunch that most of us are experiencing, this is a great read to start of your 2019! Happy Reading!
I have been wondering if there is so much love left in this world where I could find just one person who would die for me? Not that I literately mean that but for the sake that they love me so much? I don’t think so!
Though I love the thought of someone willing for die for me simply because they love me, I also know that such kind of love does not exist anymore in this world.
There are many stories about friends and lovers taking place of thier friend of lover or died on behalf of thier friend or lover or even the whole world. Well, yes its a fact that Christ died for the entire humanity but that’s Christ.
Yes, there is a person I would die for in my life but just as much as I know that he would not die for me, I know I would question my sanity if I were to actually die for him. Is it really worth it? Then what will happen to me? Will I even be remembered for dying for this particular person? May be, just may be he would mourn and be sad about me dying for him but eventually life goes on. Like rest of the world he would move on too!
Be it a trafficked migrant, a child labours, a housewife with an abusive husband, adult children who steal their parent’s pension, a wife whose hardworking employee who gets nothing of what she earns or vise versa.. I see modern slaves everywhere.
Slavery know no shapes sizes and forms; it is irrespective of age, gender, nationality, geography.
There are estimated 40.3 million people in modern slavery around the world.
10 million children
24.9 million people in forced labour
15.4 million people in forced marriage
4.8 million people in forced sexual exploitation
40.3 million is a lot of people and slavery at this day and age is a bigger deal than it was back in the day.
You’d expect humans to have advanced with technology and education but modern slavery has a subtle way in making itself known.
Forced to work, restrictions on freedom of movement,treated as commodity, abuse are a few terms in which you could describe the cruel circumstances of these victims. Some have been born into slavery, others with or without choice, due to negligence or even choice to merely survive.
I wonder how many of these modern slaves actually have the courage to live through their slavery as opposed to taking thier lives and ending the pain. It is a sad, grave situation I cannot even fathom.
There is so much talk about migration issues around the world with the super powers not wanting to address these issues in a humane way. After all they are protecting their borders. But the super powers are there not to just dominate the world in being rich and powerful, they are also accountable to bring in solutions to issues such as modern slavery to countries which are less developed, less privileged and deprived of resources and skills to tackle such a crucial issue.
There is no true freedom in this world. A citizenship of a country is almost a birthright to many. But how many out there wish they had the citizenship of a more developed country where they have resources and opportunities to grow, live and fulfill at least some of their dreams. It’s an unfair state!
And if you are a slave in the land you live in there is no getting out!No where to go!
We are all humans who deserve a good life with true freedom!
You are unique and there is none quite like you; you may have a sibling who might look just like you, everyone might say you look like your mother etc, but, that does not mean you are your grandmother, mother, aunt, sister or friend.
Girl, You are Unique!
You are you and that is how God has created you with much care and love! Even if deny the existence of a creative God, please read on as you may find some useful tips.
Growing up, I was at times considered as a weird child who always wished for one-of-a- kind of things from clothes to shoes and even stationery I couldn’t bear the thought of wanting to dress and be like someone else (this excludes certain role models I had in my life) I had the practice of observing others and then absorbing what was best for myself. I remember, how I would not too happy if someone copied my unique style of clothing or the way I did things.
From a very early age as young as 5 years, I knew and believed that no one had the same fingerprints as me and I wanted to maintain my sense of uniqueness and identity as much as I could. But, I had problems! Teachers thought I was selfish, parents thought I was stubborn, friends thought I was weird.
What am I trying to say here?
Girls, be yourselves not matter what you think of yourselves, especially if you think you are not in par with other girls and feel that you are not in the zone!
Growing up wanting to be loved and accepted is a basic human need but with little or no tangible real love prevailing in the world, you are expecting too much trying to depend on others to receive love and specialization. Especially, if you must lose yourself and be someone else to be loved!
Why am I saying this?
Its because, I too at a certain phase in my life compromised trying to be everything ‘other than myself’ to be accepted in society and among peers; friends and family! To be what they wanted me to be, in order to be included in their circles.
I tell you, its not worth even the try, because once you have been there and done that, you look back and wonder what you have become and what all those pretenses has done to your true identity.
You end up looking at the mirror as asking yourself ‘Who are you? I do not know you?”
Remember, Girl! You are unique and there has never been, or ever will be someone like you! You are unique!
Spend time with yourself and get to know who you are:
how your moods swings, what rocks you, what makes you dance, what makes you sing, how your body reacts to certain moods and thoughts, how well you absorb stress, how you think and how you perceive life, what are your personal values, what are your beliefs, and how well you can adapt to change which you have no control over, how responsible you are with your belongings and how well you can take care of others’ belongings, how slow or quick you are to anger, how big or small your heart is, how good or bad you handle bad news and surprises.
Well, these are a few of the many things you need to identify about yourself.
Why do we need to know these things as women?
We have been created with an extra touch of emotions. So, if we do not know about ourselves and what makes us react, and how we react, we will find ourselves in a mess of emotions drowning and not knowing the difference of what we are feeling and what we really are. Since we are not wired to be more of a rational being, when emotions overwhelm us, we will be restricted in using our common sense and make decisions in haste – which we will regret later, in life.
So, its best to keep a check of your emotions as much as you can.
As for me, I think I now know a little bit more of myself that I did 5 years ago and that has helped me to identify the triggers that only upsets me but those that rejuvenates my soul: somewhat of an early warning system is now in place within me, with indicators which will help me to be better prepared for whatever challenges I am faced with.
Leave a comment or two so I know if what I have shared has been helpful or offensive in anyway!
This year I thought I will start blogging about my travels. So here goes.
First Saturday of 2018 – 06012018
I have been an avid bird enthusiast, but didn’t make much effort to study more about them, like their proper names and identification (ID) until I met my husband whose serious birding enthusiast from a very young age and knew quite a lot of information and proper ID’s of the birds as opposed to what I knew them to be, taught by adults.
Migratory birds flock throughout Sri Lanka from the months of November and linger on until March. I’ve heard that they travel from afar; some even across the Himalayas.
The spontaneous tour to Anawilundawa required a bit of sacrifice waking up at 0330hrs when you have only gone to sleep past midnight after a long day and night out. We started our exciting journey at 0400hrs with some essentials; Bird books, camera, some goodies, a hot water flask to make black tea, plenty of water and a mat, just in case we decided to just lounge somewhere on bare land and take a nap or rest.
Thank God for the freeway from Peliyagoda to Katunayake; if not leaving home (south of Colombo) at 0400hrs would make no sense to reach our destination in time to catch up with the morning birds.We drove through the Colombo baseline road (a very straightforward one) to reach the starting point of the freeway at Peilyagoda. Next, headed out towards the Negombo road heading North.
The usual self as I am, in my sleepiness mistook the location we intended to visit but thankfully managed to identify the correct location thanks to googlemaps. We reached the turn off point to Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary by 0630am. Since the pathway from the main road into the sanctuary is a circular path we decided to take a turn off from the main road earlier than the indicated road pathway on maps.
We drove in our car and it was just a narrow path way with wetland on either side. So, if you plan to drive it’s advisable you take a smaller car just in case another vehicle approaches you; you wouldn’t want to be stuck in a stalemate nor keep reversing on a narrow-elevated path with sharply stooped on both sides into the waterways. Since we are experts having driven around many places including narrow paths in the hill country and sandy off-road paths to beaches in Sri Lanka on our Prius, this was not challenge to us.
However, cycling on these paths would be the most ideal and scenic experience as it’s so quiet and peaceful with hardly any other sounds, but that of nature itself.
Unfortunately for us, the wetlands were completely dried out due to the prevailing drought in the country, giving us very little opportunity to locate the birds which we were expecting to sight at this location. If you are on google maps you would see a few tanks termed as ‘wewa’ – (the Sinhala language term for lake or natural water body and in Tamil language it will be addressed as “Kulam” )However, there were approximately 100 of lesser whistling ducks in some of the wetland where was significant water; it was such a pleasure to watch a juvenile duckling being cared for by the adults.
We also witnessed 02 Brahminy kites dashing after a juvenile white breasted sea eagle who seemed to have nicked their prey. They frightened the little duckling and in a matter of a few seconds most of the adult ducks flocked around the lone duckling; carefully guarding it.
With all the drama ending we decided to have a little picnic break and did enjoy the cool of the morning; it was quite windy. After relaxing for some time, with a hot cup of tea (thanks to our hotwater flask and tea bags) we got back in our car and drove along the pathway spotting more birds. Within the sanctuary we also sighted an Indian Roller, Paradise Flycatcher, Brahminy Kites, Bee Eaters, Juvenile White bellied sea Eagle, White throated Kingfisher etc.
Then around 1145hrs we headed back to the main road and just a few kilometers approached a restaurant Batuluoya Family Restaurant which was excellent for our lunch break; rice and curry and a cool drink and the price was reasonable for Rs.660/-. This location also had very clean washroom. It was clean spacious spot with ample parking and good local food (rice & curry).
Thereafter we moved onto Udappu – a fishing village close to the Mundal lagoon. On the beach where the lagoon meets the ocean,we saw quite a lot of Terns on the beach basking in the hot sun at noon.
Due to the extreme hot weather conditions we couldn’t survive out in the open and parked our car under a tree and tried to nap for about an hour or so.
Around 1500hrs we left Udappu and returned the main road towards the Chilaw town and stopped over at the Chilaw Rest house for a snack and tea. I must say that they serve really good fish sandwiches with a generous spread of butter and a very milky cup of tea. Again, this was quite reasonable for Rs. 682/- (inclusive of service charge) as we had 03 double sided toast sandwiches (cut in half in to 06 mini toast sandwiches) and 02 cups of tea plus a good wash room to use.
To our amusement and adventurous spirit, we decided to drive down the road along the ocean for about a 15Km until the car could not drive through the weather-beaten road which was semi-corroded. Then we inquired from the locals on the road conditions and decided to head back towards the main road. This could be a very promising ‘the great ocean road’ of Sri Lanka, if the authorities only saw what we saw.
Back on the Colombo bound main road, we stopped over at Dinemore in Negombo to grab a bite for dinner. This was around 2000hrs. The place was clean and not as crowded as the ones in Colombo.
It was a long day but very eventful and very rewarding.
More stories from my travel diaries across Sri Lanka – coming soon!
So this is another new year. Good bye 2017 and Hello 2018! I have been thinking of trying to keep up with blogging but haven’t made up my mind on what I plan to write. something blog-worthy.
In 2018, I have decided to share some stories about my travels in and #aroundSriLanka.
Sri Lanka is an island nation in South Asia, geographically located between latitudes 5° and 10°N, and longitudes 79° and 82°E with climate as tropical and warm. We are a multi cultural nation with a majority of Sinhalese as a race and Buddhism as the religion in majority.
As a travel enthusiast whose more of a bird chaser, I enjoy the company of my travel companion whose also my husband and an avid adventurer.
Soon, you will see some interesting stories and pictures here.
For several years, I have been maintaining a journal with a maximum of 10 points that I would love to achieve during the year. You may call it the new year resolutions; but for me, it’s more than that. This motivates me to keep on moving when times are not so great and I am rather low on my energy levels and enthusiasm.
These are handwritten short sentences well spaced out on a full page, leaving space to update and tick off a point when I have accomplished it. I believe it is a good way to maintain personal goals for life. (We all need and must maintain personal goals for life,if we intend to grow and live life to its fullest.
My points range from simple things to rather bigger dreams such as travelling into space or simply learning to cook a new dish.
What’s intriguing about this method for me is that, there are some goals which would have seemed very insignificant at the time I wrote them down; but achieving them many years later. Had I not maintained a consistent journal every year with these goals, I would have never remembered I had such a goal nor noticed I have achieved it few years down the line.
It is a good way to get your children and youngsters to start doing this at an early age; after all it is a healthy habit that will have its rewards as the child grows up into an adult.I am sure it would be so nostalgic when one browses the journals of many years gone by only to realize that over time they have achieved many of it into detail.
So why not start this habit this year. Make 2017 count.
After all, it is written that all our days are numbered !